Turns out Mayor John Tory is not “stupid” or “dumb” as superstar Toronto rapper jokingly asked after winning a Grammy award in Los Angeles Sunday night.
Tory knows when there is an opportunity to put some shine on Toronto.
And, yes, he will honour Drake’s request.
“I want to say the mayor of Toronto needs to turn the CN Tower gold tomorrow — in chrome and gold tomorrow. Are you stupid are you dumb?” the rapper said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
What Drake asks for, he often receives.
It was a golden opportunity for Toronto that the city’s mayor was not going to pass up.
Look up at the CN Tower later Monday — and the Toronto sign too.
To the untrained ear, it sounded like Aubrey Graham, the pride of Forest Hill, was dissing his hometown’s chief magistrate — the very man who presented him with the key to the city in 2016.
Instead, the best we can decipher, it seems he was talking friendly, teasing smack to Tory in rap language — quote “are you stupid, are you dumb” from the 2017 hit rap Clout by Ty Dolla Sign and 21 Savage.
Whatever the legendary rapper was trying to convey, it worked.
The Sun has learned the CN Tower expected to announce soon that the icon at the foot of the city will be lit in gold Monday night.
But it doesn’t stop there.
The popular Toronto sign at the skating rink in Nathan Phillips Square,in front of City Hall, will also be solid gold to pay tribute to Drake’s win for best rap song for “God’s Plan.”
The Six God, who I always joke seems to skate on scandal like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was actual a surprise drop-in at the Grammys since he and others have felt snubbed by the awards show in past years despite having worldwide success.
And while he was merely offering Tory a suggestion, when it came to the Grammys committee, he was laser-focused with verbal blows landing one after another.
“The first time in Grammy history where I actually am who I thought I was for a second, so I like that,” he told the crowd.
He reminded “kids watching, those aspiring to do music, and all my peers that make music from their heart, that do things pure and tell the truth and to know we play in an opinion-based sport, not a factual-based sport. It is not the NBA … This is a business where sometimes it is up to a bunch of people that might not understand what a mixed race kid from Canada has to say … or a brother from Houston right there, my brother Travis.”
Drake said if you fall into that category “you’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you are a hero in your hometown. If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here, I promise you, you already won.”
If he gives another speech like this, he can add in if your mayor responds to your request to light up the CN Tower and it happens (and the Toronto sign) then you have more than one.
Drake referenced being a hero in one’s own hometown and it depends on who is doing the judging whether he is considered that.
But whether or not he’s talked to police about numerous shooting murders of people connected to him, he’s had a string of accolades handed to him, including being the Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador.
And now, thanks to his big win on music’s biggest stage, he’s about to paint Toronto gold.
Turns out when it comes to promoting Toronto, the mayor is smart and ingenious.